“I  cannot describe to you how much our Panagia loves chastity and purity. Since she is the only pure Virgin, she wants and loves everyone to be pure like that.”

Elder Joseph the Hesychast
~ My Elder Joseph the Hesychast
[Elder Ephraim of Arizona adds:"This is why he fought against the carnal passion more than any other passion."]
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I always emphasize that young people try to live as spiritually as they can before marriage, since preserving their chastity secures their physical and spiritual health. The spiritual life is a basic prerequisite to whatever life one chooses. The world has become like a complete field that is ready for harvest, but swine enter and trample it. So now everything is in disarray…but here and there on some image, there is an occasional wheat stock standing upright.
Elder Paisios
~ Family Life